Millions of people across the world experience the condition of diarrhea. This article provides some information about the causes, symptoms, and treatments of prolonged diarrhea.
The condition of diarrhea is characterized by frequency of watery stools. A person affected by diarrhea may experience a lot of pain in the abdominal region. As per the opinion of several doctors, eating foods which are not suitable for the digestive system can cause this condition. In many cases, it can be cured in a relatively short period if the person receives proper treatment at the right time. Here are the general causes of this condition.
The causes for prolonged diarrhea can be many. The infections caused by some bacteria and viruses are said to be prime causes. The bacteria which are mainly responsible for causing it are Campylobacter, Salmonella, and E-coli. Among the viruses, the herpes and the rotavirus are known to cause it in many cases. The consumption of contaminated, polluted, and harmful food and water can also lead to the same. The intake of certain medications for treating ailments can lead to diarrhea in some people. Certain laxatives and chemicals are also responsible. Overfeeding, and infections of the throat and the ear can be the causes in the case of small babies and kids. Too much stress and food poisoning are also believed to be the causes of the condition. The entry of certain kinds of intestinal parasites such as Cryptosporidium, Entamoeba histolytica, and Giardia lamblia can also lead to serious diarrhea. Malfunctioning of the intestines can also be a major cause. Improper way of eating food and improper digestion of the food consumed are the human mistakes which lead to diarrhea. Overconsumption of foods and drinks such as red meat, caffeine, alcohol, fibers, and spices is known to cause this condition in many people.
Bloating, nausea, high fever, and severe pain in the region of the abdomen are the prominent symptoms of prolonged diarrhea. An affected person might experience watery or loose stools. It is essential to seek immediate medical attention to get rid of these symptoms.
As a part of the treatment, your doctor might ask you to consume certain drinks which contain electrolytes. You may be given a detailed diet (devoid of substances aggravating diarrhea) which should be followed strictly. The foods to be avoided are milk products, caffeine, highly fibrous foods, and the spicy ones. You may be prescribed medications which are effective in treating some cases. Basil, ginger, and garlic are considered to be effective herbal remedies for proper treatment. Papaya, apples, bananas, carrots, and yogurt can also be suggested for consumption by your doctors. You can also get rid of diarrhea by consuming mango nut powder in water. For those experiencing prolonged acute diarrhea, oral rehydration therapy might be recommended. You can consume turmeric in buttermilk as it is known for its antiseptic nature. The fluid intake of the affected person has to be high.
On observation of the aforementioned symptoms, it is better to consult the concerned doctor in order to rule out the possibility of further complications.
Disclaimer: This HealthHearty article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.